“Jasmine Revolution”
Symbol of peace: Flowers placed on the barrel of a tank
in very much calmer protests than in recent days in Tunisia

'The Protester' - Time Person of the Year 2011

'The Protester' - Time Person of the Year 2011
Mannoubia Bouazizi, the mother of Tunisian street vendor Mohammed Bouazizi. "Mohammed suffered a lot. He worked hard. but when he set fire to himself, it wasn’t about his scales being confiscated. It was about his dignity." (Peter Hapak for TIME)

1 - TUNISIA Democratic Change / Freedom of Speech (In Transition)

How eyepatches became a symbol of Egypt's revolution - Graffiti depicting a high ranking army officer with an eye patch Photograph: Nasser Nasser/ASSOCIATED PRESS

2 - EGYPT Democratic Change / Freedom of Speech (In Transition)

''17 February Revolution"

3 - LIBYA Democratic Change / Freedom of Speech (In Transition)

5 - SYRIA Democratic Change / Freedom of Speech (In Transition)

"25 January Youth Revolution"
Muslim and Christian shoulder-to-shoulder in Tahrir Square
"A Summary" – Apr 2, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Religion, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Intelligent/Benevolent Design, EU, South America, 5 Currencies, Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Middle East, Internet, Israel, Dictators, Palestine, US, Japan (Quake/Tsunami Disasters , People, Society ...), Nuclear Power Revealed, Hydro Power, Geothermal Power, Moon, Financial Institutes (Recession, Realign integrity values ..) , China, North Korea, Global Unity,..... etc.) -
(Subjects: Egypt Uprising, Iran/Persia Uprising, Peace in Middle East without Israel actively involved, Muhammad, "Conceptual" Youth Revolution, "Conceptual" (without a manager hierarchy) managed Businesses, Internet, Social Media, News Media, Google, Bankers, Global Unity,..... etc.)
"The End of History" – Nov 20, 2010 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll)
(Subjects:Abraham, Isaac, Ishmael, Muhammad, Jesus, God, Jews, Arabs, EU, US, Israel, Iran, Russia, Africa, South America, Global Unity,..... etc.) (Text version)

"If an Arab and a Jew can look at one another and see the Akashic lineage and see the one family, there is hope. If they can see that their differences no longer require that they kill one another, then there is a beginning of a change in history. And that's what is happening now. All of humanity, no matter what the spiritual belief, has been guilty of falling into the historic trap of separating instead of unifying. Now it's starting to change. There's a shift happening."

“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."

African Union (AU)

African Union (AU)
African Heads of State pose for a group photo ahead of the start of the 28th African Union summit in Addis Ababa on January 30, 2017 (AFP Photo/ Zacharias ABUBEKER)

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela
Few words can describe Nelson Mandela, so we let him speak for himself. Happy birthday, Madiba.

Monday, October 17, 2011

EU leaders say youth protests are 'totally legitimate'

Deutsche Welle, 17 October 2011 

Van Rompuy and Barroso both struck
a softer tone
In the wake of massive protests across Europe and the world against the financial sector, EU leaders have said they understand the frustration and that greater financial regulation is necessary.

European Union leaders on Monday made conciliatory remarks in response to the weekend's global protests against corporate greed and unemployment, using the opportunity to push for stricter financial regulation.

"The concerns of those young people on growth and employment are totally legitimate," EU President Herman Van Rompuy told reporters after meetings with business and union leaders. "But our responsibility is to go through this unpopular period in order to safeguard a better future."

Hundreds of thousands of protesters, many of them youths, marched through cities across Europe, the United States, Latin America and Asia over the weekend in demonstrations sparked by the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York City. 

Protests across Europe included one at
the European Central Bank in Frankfurt
The protests were an expression of anger at the banking and financial sectors blamed for causing an economic crisis that has forced governments to cut budgets and roll back social welfare programs.

Van Rompuy said such budget cuts were an unfortunate necessity to restore confidence in European government debt, but he also said that austerity measures "must be as growth- and jobs-friendly as possible" and that the burden should not fall solely on the backs of the poor

EU-wide financial crimes

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso echoed Van Rompuy's sentiment, saying he could "very much understand the frustration and indignation of so many people in our societies."

The European Commission, the EU's executive branch, plans on introducing legislation on Thursday that would penalize insider trading and market manipulation with fines or jail time across the 27-country bloc.

"Some of the behavior you have seen in the financial sector was completely irresponsible, sometimes... of criminal nature," Barroso said, adding that the financial sector must "make a fairer contribution to the common good."

Merkel downplays summit expectations

Meanwhile, as about 200 people continued to camp outside the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman Steffan Seibert said the protests expressed "a legitimate demand for justice," but that they should not "place all the blame for the current financial crisis on the banks," when governments spending beyond their means were also to blame.  

Lenders may be asked to take a greater
loss on their Greek government bonds
Leaders of EU member states are to meet in Brussels on Sunday to discuss how to solve the bloc's debt crisis. They are expected to ask private lenders to take an even bigger loss on Greek government bonds, which have already lost 20 percent of their value under an agreement made in July.

Seibert sought to lower the expectations of the summit, saying the problem was too big to be solved quickly.

"Dreams that everything will be resolved and dealt with by next Monday cannot be fulfilled," Chancellor Mekel's spokesman said. "These are important steps on a long path, a path that will certainly continue far into next year."

Author: Andrew Bowen (AFP, dapd, dpa)

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